Investigation of incrusted pottery found in the territory of Hungary by micro-PIXE method

Gusztáv Á Sziki, Katalin T. Biró, Imre Uzonyi, Erik Dobos, Árpád Z. Kiss

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Incrusted pottery samples from the territory of Hungary were analyzed by micro-PIXE technique. Measurements were executed on the front and back side of the samples and inside the incrustations too. We succeeded to group the pottery from different regions and periods by the composition of the ornament. It was concluded that the elemental composition of the ornament may be characteristic to the provenance of the pottery. In case of samples from Vörs-Máriaasszonysziget the presence of a kind of grit in the incrustations with high calcium and phosphorus content was established. The material of the grit is presumably bone. Samples from other archaeological localities can be described by incrustations with different compositions. Incrustations in the samples from Balatonfüzö are presumably composed of limestone (CaCO3), from Baradla cave (Aggtelek) probably of white clay paste (kaolinite). It was also concluded that the red color of the ornaments of some sample from Baradla cave is caused by hematite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-482
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2003
Event8th International Conference on Nuclear Microprobe Technology - Takasaki, Japan
Duration: Sep 8 2002Sep 13 2002



  • Incrusted pottery
  • Micro-beam
  • PIXE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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